ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: April 21st, 2017

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Happy Friday, April 21st, 6-1 Families!

We are nearing the mid-point of the 4th quarter already.  Our team will be sending home 4th Quarter interims at the end of next week on Friday, April 24th.  Please see the information below for IMPortant ECMS announcements, team announcements, and CORE updates:

  1. At the end of the 4th week of the 4th quarter, we are finding that we have A LOT of missing work. Please continue to check PowerSchools frequently and encourage your student to be checking PowerSchools and/or the missing work lists outside the teachers’ classrooms a couple of times a week.  As they move towards being 7th graders, they really need to be taking on that responsibility as well.  Remember, in PowerSchools, missing assignments are indicated by the grade of a “0” and an orange square next to the assignment.  If you see a –/100, that means the assignment is still in the process of being graded.
  1. ECMS is participating in the Cary/Apex/Morrisville Relay for Life on May 20th to 21st. Students and families may participate by joining our team as a walker, donating to our team, participating in Relay for Life Spirit Week (more information to come), or order a Relay for Life t-shirt through the ECMS PTA (form attached). Haynie will be representing 6-1 as a walker on that day so are welcome to donate to her page or the ECMS Team page.

ECMS Team Site: ECMS Relay for Life Page

Ms. Haynie’s Site: Ms. Haynie’s Relay for Life Page

T-Shirt Order Form: ECMS Relay for Life Tshirt Order Form 2017 (4)

**The last day to order a shirt is Monday, April 24th.

  1. Next week is our STEM week at ECMS. We will be doing various activities to promote our STEM theme of environmental education.  Please encourage your student to wear GREEN on Tuesday and YELLOW on Friday.
  1. Next Friday, April 28th will be our last STEM elective day of this school year. Students should bring any necessary materials they may need for their particular elective.
  1. Mark your calendars now for our End of the Year Celebration on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 11:30am in the ECMS Auditorium. We will send home more information and invitations on Friday, June 2nd.
  1. Please review BYOD expectations with your student. Students who violate the BYOD contract, signed by both parent and student at the beginning of the year, will be referred for a technology violation.  Also, the contract clearly states that devices should NOT be used for personal e-mail and communication during class time.  If you need to contact your student, please call the front office at (919) 466-4377 and we will relay your message to your student.  A copy of the BYOD contract can be found here: BYODpolicy-contract 2015
  1. As we move into warmer weather, we just want to remind everyone of the WCPSS School Dress Code. Teachers do have to monitor the dress code and we will ask student to change or call home if attire is not within those guidelines. Please see the policy here: http://www.wcpss.net/domain/50
  1. Students received information in Science class at the end of the 3rd quarter about ordering a FREE energy-efficient kit for your home from Duke Energy. Please ask your student for this flyer.  All of the information about the program is on the flyer.  The energy kit is free, no strings attached. We can also earn money for our school and you can have the chance to win $1,000.  East Cary has now earned $750 for having 302 families sign up so far.  We are looking to reach the next milestone of getting 400 families signed up for more money for our school.  The easiest way is to sign up at https://myenergykit.org/
  1. If your student will not be attending a WCPSS school next year, please e-mail our Data Manager, Shanthi Chundi (schundi@wcpss.net) with the following information:

    Student’s PowerSchool ID
    Student’s Complete Name
    Parent’s Complete Name
    Where will the student attend for 2017-18

Once again, this is only if you already know that your student will NOT be attending a WCPSS next year.

  1. Lastly, we encourage both students and parents to review our teacher websites for lessons, homework, and resources. We update our websites daily and weekly.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  A quiz on (Mean, Median, Mode,  with and without Outlier); 5 Number Summary; and Mean Absolute Deviation Skills will be scheduled for Tuesday, April 25th.  The remainder of the Unit will focus on Frequency Tables, Histograms, Dot Line Plots and Summary Statistics material that can be found on my website. Testing schedule will be assigned after lessons are completed.  Please have students review the modules from the website.

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  Planetary PBL proposal presentations will begin on Monday.  Students should have their research packet ready to turn in and their proposals and models either physically turned in or shared with me via Google or e-mail.  Any piece of the project not shared or turned in on Monday will be considered late.

After presentations have concluded, we will move into learning about other parts of the universe and space exploration.

In case anyone is interested, there is a “State of the Sciences 2017” at NC State’s Hunt Library on Saturday, April 22nd from 6pm-9pm.  It is a free, family-friendly event.  See more information: State of Sciences 2017

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) –  We will have a test on the decline of civilizations on Tuesday, April 25th. It will be an essay where students can use their notes. Just a heads up, students have a major project due on May 19th.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – We will spend next week planning, writing, and revising argumentative texts. Final drafts of students’ arguments will be due on Friday, April 28th.

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As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

Margaret Gilliland (MGILLILAND@wcpss.net)

 

ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: April 13th, 2017

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Happy Thursday, April 13th, 6-1 Families!

We hope everyone has a safe and happy 3-day weekend! There is NO school tomorrow, Friday, April 14th.  Please see the information below for IMPortant ECMS announcements, team announcements, and CORE updates:

  1. At the end of the 3rd week of the 4th quarter, we are finding that we have A LOT of missing work. Please continue to check PowerSchools frequently and encourage your student to be checking PowerSchools and/or the missing work lists outside the teachers’ classrooms a couple of times a week.  As they move towards being 7th graders, they really need to be taking on that responsibility as well.  Remember, in PowerSchools, missing assignments are indicated by the grade of a “0” and an orange square next to the assignment.  If you see a –/100, that means the assignment is still in the process of being graded.
  1. ECMS is participating in the Cary/Apex/Morrisville Relay for Life on May 20th to 21st. Students and families may participate by joining our team as a walker, donating to our team, participating in Relay for Life Spirit Week (more information to come), or order a Relay for Life t-shirt through the ECMS PTA (form attached). Haynie will be representing 6-1 as a walker on that day so are welcome to donate to her page or the ECMS Team page.

ECMS Team Site: ECMS Relay for Life Page

Ms. Haynie’s Site: Ms. Haynie’s Relay for Life Page

T-Shirt Order Form: ECMS Relay for Life Tshirt Order Form 2017 (4)

  1. ECMS will be having their annual STEM Career Day on Friday, April 21st. We are in need of professionals in STEM fields to volunteer to present.  If you or anyone you know would be interested in presenting, please contact Mrs. Shandua Ellis (sellis2@wcpss.net). See the attachment below for more information.

ECMS STEM CAREER DAY SPEAKERS NEEDED_April 21, 2017

  1. Mark your calendars now for our End of the Year Celebration on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 11:30am in the ECMS Auditorium. We will send home more information and invitations on Friday, June 2nd.
  1. Please review BYOD expectations with your student. Students who violate the BYOD contract, signed by both parent and student at the beginning of the year, will be referred for a technology violation.  Also, the contract clearly states that devices should NOT be used for personal e-mail and communication during class time.  If you need to contact your student, please call the front office at (919) 466-4377 and we will relay your message to your student.  A copy of the BYOD contract can be found here: BYODpolicy-contract 2015
  1. As we move into warmer weather, we just want to remind everyone of the WCPSS School Dress Code. Teachers do have to monitor the dress code and we will ask student to change or call home if attire is not within those guidelines. Please see the policy here: http://www.wcpss.net/domain/50
  1. Students received information in Science class at the end of the 3rd quarter about ordering a FREE energy-efficient kit for your home from Duke Energy. Please ask your student for this flyer.  All of the information about the program is on the flyer.  The energy kit is free, no strings attached. We can also earn money for our school and you can have the chance to win $1,000.  East Cary has earned $500 for having 258 families sign up so far.  We are looking to reach the next milestone of getting 300 families signed up for more money for our school.  The easiest way is to sign up at https://myenergykit.org/
  1. If your student will not be attending a WCPSS school next year, please e-mail our Data Manager, Shanthi Chundi (schundi@wcpss.net) with the following information:Student’s PowerSchool ID
    Student’s Complete Name
    Parent’s Complete Name
    Where will the student attend for 2017-18

Once again, this is only if you already know that your student will NOT be attending a WCPSS next year.

  1. Lastly, we encourage both students and parents to review our teacher websites for lessons, homework, and resources. We update our websites daily and weekly.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  Math Unit 13 Objectives that will be covered next week:

-Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For example. “How old am I?” is not a statistical question, but “How old are the students in my school?” is a statistical question because on anticipates variability in students’ ages.

-Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution that can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.

-Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.

-Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  Next week students will continue to work on their Planetary Amusement Park.  The project is due by the end of the day on Thursday, April 20th.  Copies of the project packet can be found on my website. This is a major grade for 4th quarter.

In case anyone is interested, there is a “State of the Sciences 2017” at NC State’s Hunt Library on Saturday, April 22nd from 6pm-9pm.  It is a free, family-friendly event.  See more information: State of Sciences 2017

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) –  We will be continuing to work on our Civilization Bingo Projects and beginning to talk about why civilizations go into decline. Reminder, homework is due on Monday the 17th, it was given out on April 1st. I cannot put copies on the website because of copyright reasons.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Next week, students will continue to analyze the author’s craft by focusing on determining the author’s point of view and purpose. We will also explore critical literacy and begin to brainstorm topics and audiences for our upcoming argumentative writing project. For homework, students should read at least 20 minutes each night.

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As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

Margaret Gilliland (MGILLILAND@wcpss.net)

 

ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: April 7th, 2017

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Happy Friday, April 7th, 6-1 Families!

Another week is in the books! Please see the information below for IMPortant ECMS announcements, team announcements, and CORE updates:

  1. Students were given information about class recommendations and electives for next year in Social Studies on Thursday. Please review this information with your student, make a plan, and have your student bring back the information for registration on Monday, April 10th.  Students will be completing class registration during their Social Studies class with our guidance counselor, Mrs. Margaret Ray-Nobles.  If you have any questions about classes before then, please e-mail her at mray-nobles@wcpss.net
  1. Next Friday, April 14th is a holiday for WCPSS. There will be NO school on this day.
  1. At the end of the 2nd week of the 4th quarter, we are finding that we have A LOT of missing work already. Please continue to check PowerSchools frequently and encourage your student to be checking PowerSchools and/or the missing work lists outside the teachers’ classrooms a couple of times a week.  As they move towards being 7th graders, they really need to be taking on that responsibility as well.  Remember, in PowerSchools, missing assignments are indicated by the grade of a “0” and an orange square next to the assignment.  If you see a –/100, that means the assignment is still in the process of being graded.
  1. ECMS is participating in the Cary/Apex/Morrisville Relay for Life on May 20th to 21st. Students and families may participate by joining our team as a walker, donating to our team, participating in Relay for Life Spirit Week (more information to come), or order a Relay for Life t-shirt through the ECMS PTA (form attached). Haynie will be representing 6-1 as a walker on that day so are welcome to donate to her page or the ECMS Team page.

ECMS Team Site: ECMS Relay for Life Page

Ms. Haynie’s Site: Ms. Haynie’s Relay for Life Page

T-Shirt Order Form: ECMS Relay for Life Tshirt Order Form 2017 (4)

  1. ECMS will be having their annual STEM Career Day on Friday, April 21st. We are in need of professionals in STEM fields to volunteer to present.  If you or anyone you know would be interested in presenting, please contact Mrs. Shandua Ellis (sellis2@wcpss.net). See the attachment below for more information.

ECMS STEM CAREER DAY SPEAKERS NEEDED_April 21, 2017

  1. Mark your calendars now for our End of the Year Celebration on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 11:30am in the ECMS Auditorium. We will send home more information and invitations on Friday, June 2nd.
  1. Please review BYOD expectations with your student. Students who violate the BYOD contract, signed by both parent and student at the beginning of the year, will be referred for a technology violation.  Also, the contract clearly states that devices should be used for personal e-mail and communication during class time.  If you need to contact your student, please call the front office at (919) 466-4377 and we will relay your message to your student.  A copy of the BYOD contract can be found here: BYODpolicy-contract 2015
  1. As we move into warmer weather, we just want to remind everyone of the WCPSS School Dress Code. Teachers do have to monitor the dress code and we will ask student to change or call home if attire is not within those guidelines. Please see the policy here: http://www.wcpss.net/domain/50
  1. Students received information in Science class at the end of the 3rd quarter about ordering a FREE energy-efficient kit for your home from Duke Energy. Please ask your student for this flyer.  All of the information about the program is on the flyer.  The energy kit is free, no strings attached. We can also earn money for our school and you can have the chance to win $1,000.  East Cary has earned $500 for having 258 families sign up so far.  We are looking to reach the next milestone of getting 300 families signed up for more money for our school.  The easiest way is to sign up at https://myenergykit.org/
  1. If your student will not be attending a WCPSS school next year, please e-mail our Data Manager, Shanthi Chundi (schundi@wcpss.net) with the following information:

    Student’s PowerSchool ID
    Student’s Complete Name
    Parent’s Complete Name
    Where will the student attend for 2017-18

Once again, this is only if you already know that your student will NOT be attending a WCPSS next year.

  1. Lastly, we encourage both students and parents to review our teacher websites for lessons, homework, and resources. We update our websites daily and weekly.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  See schedule below.

-April 10 Unit review sheet completed in class

-April 11 Unit Test is scheduled for April 11th

– Math Project is due April 17th

-April 12 Unit 13: Collect, Analyze and Display Data (including measures of central tendency)

-Math Project is due April 17th

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  Next week, we will be starting a PBL (Project-Based Learning) project on planet properties.  This major grade should be concluded on Thursday, April 20th with their project proposal presentation.

In case anyone is interested, there is a “State of the Sciences 2017” at NC State’s Hunt Library on Saturday, April 22nd from 6pm-9pm.  It is a free, family-friendly event.  See more information: State of Sciences 2017

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) –  On Monday, we will be registering for electives. Your child will receive the necessary paperwork for you to fill out with them. You will need to sign the blue and white sheets. Both of these sheets need to come back to school on Monday for social studies. Our first unit test is Tuesday, covering social structures the study guide is on my website. After this we will begin a unit on the decline of civilizations.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Our unit on argumentative texts is off to a great start. Next week, we will read a new argumentative text and focus on analyzing the author’s word choice. For homework, students should read at least 20 minutes each night.

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As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

Margaret Gilliland (MGILLILAND@wcpss.net)

 

ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: March 31st, 2017

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Happy Friday, March 31st, 6-1 Families!

Our 1st week of Quarter 4 is almost complete.  Please see below for our general and CORE updates.  There is a lot of information this week!

  1. Our last Snow Make-up Day is tomorrow, Saturday, April 1st, from 7:00am-11:00am. Reminders about Saturday School:
    1. School starts at the regular time – 7:00am.
    2. School will dismiss at 11:00am.
    3. There will be no breakfast or lunch served. Students may bring a snack if they feel they need to.
    4. Buses will run their normal routes.
    5. Students will attend their 4 core classes and their 1st
    6. Attendance is taken on Saturdays. If your student has to be absent, please make sure they check-in with their teachers for any make-up work.
  1. ECMS will be having their annual STEM Career Day on Friday, April 21st. We are in need of professionals in STEM fields to volunteer to present.  If you or anyone you know would be interested in presenting, please contact Mrs. Shandua Ellis (sellis2@wcpss.net). See the attachment below for more information.

ECMS STEM CAREER DAY SPEAKERS NEEDED_April 21, 2017

  1. Students received their 3rd Quarter Honor Roll certificates in class today. Our team only holds celebrations at the end of each semester.  You can go ahead and mark your calendars now for our End of the Year Celebration on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 11:30am in the ECMS Auditorium.  We will send home more information and invitations on Friday, June 2nd.
  1. Students received information about the No-Fuss Fundraiser sponsored by the ECMS PTA in homeroom this week. There are a few ways to participate so please read the information in the envelope given to your student carefully.  The deadline for this fundraiser is next Friday, April 7th.
  1. Next Friday, April 7th is our next STEM Elective day. Students should bring any necessary materials that they need for their particular STEM elective.  There will only be one other meeting this year on Friday, April 28th.
  1. As we move into warmer weather, we just want to remind everyone of the WCPSS School Dress Code. Teachers do have to monitor the dress code and we will ask student to change or call home if attire is not within those guidelines. Please see the policy here: http://www.wcpss.net/domain/50
  1. Students received information in Science class at the end of the 3rd quarter about ordering a FREE energy-efficient kit for your home from Duke Energy. Please ask your student for this flyer.  All of the information about the program is on the flyer.  The energy kit is free, no strings attached. We can also earn money for our school and you can have the chance to win $1,000.  East Cary has earned $500 for having 200 families sign up so far.  We are looking to reach the next milestone of getting 300 families signed up for more money for our school.  The easiest way is to sign up at https://myenergykit.org/
  1. If your student will not be attending a WCPSS school next year, please e-mail our Data Manager, Shanthi Chundi (schundi@wcpss.net) with the following information:

    Student’s PowerSchool ID
    Student’s Complete Name
    Parent’s Complete Name
    Where will the student attend for 2017-18

Once again, this is only if you already know that your student will NOT be attending a WCPSS next year.

  1. Yearbooks: ECMS yearbooks can be ordered through the Josten’s Yearbook site: jostensyearbooks.com
  1. Lastly, we encourage both students and parents to review our teacher websites for lessons, homework, and resources. We update our websites daily and weekly.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  Next week, the 6-1 math students will continue our surface area and volume unit in math.  For this to happen, we are going to build “robots” out of household materials and find their surface area and volume.

If you have any household items, please send them in for us to use! I’m talking cereal boxes, other types of food boxes, food or drink cans (washed out!), paper towel or toilet tissue rolls, bottles, anything that our students could use to build a robot, and measure! We will need lots of items! We are going to start building and using these robots next Thursday (4/6).

I would greatly appreciate anything you could send our way. Thanks!

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  Next week, students will be focusing on learning about the moon. We will cover moon phases, eclipses and tides.  We will be starting a PBL (Project-Based Learning) project on planet properties on Monday, April 10th.

In case anyone is interested, there is a “State of the Sciences 2017” at NC State’s Hunt Library on Saturday, April 21st from 6pm-9pm.  It is a free, family-friendly event.  See more information: State of Sciences 2017

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) –  This Friday we will have Theatre4Change with us talking about peer pressure, please talk with your child about what they learned about on Friday afternoon. We will be wrapping up our short unit on Social Systems this week. Our assessment will be Monday, April 10th. Be on the lookout for a study guide on Thursday, April 6th.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Next week, we will read an argumentative text and evaluate the author’s claims and evidence. For homework, students will read and annotate a news article; it will be due on Friday.

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As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

Margaret Gilliland (MGILLILAND@wcpss.net)

 

ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update (Track In Edition): March 24th, 2017

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Happy Friday, March 24th, 6-1 Families!

We hope everyone had a safe and restful March trackout.  The teachers are excited to see all students back on campus on Monday, March 27th for the beginning of our last quarter together.  Here are the updates for the 1st week back:

  1. Our last Snow Make-up Day is Saturday, April 1st from 7:00am-11:00am. This makes our track-in week 6 days long. Reminders about Saturday School:
    1. School starts at the regular time – 7:00am.
    2. School will dismiss at 11:00am.
    3. There will be no breakfast or lunch served. Students may bring a snack if they feel they need to.
    4. Buses will run their normal routes.
    5. Students will attend their 4 core classes and their 2nd
    6. Attendance is taken on Saturdays. If your student has to be absent, please make sure they check-in with their teachers for any make-up work.
  1. Students received information in Science class at the end of the 3rd quarter about ordering a FREE energy-efficient kit for your home from Duke Energy. Please ask your student for this flyer.  All of the information about the program is on the flyer.  The energy kit is free, no strings attached. We can also earn money for our school and you can have the chance to win $1,000.  East Cary has earned $500 for having 200 families sign up so far.  We are looking to reach the next milestone of getting 300 families signed up for more money for our school.  The easiest way is to sign up at https://myenergykit.org/
  1. If your student will not be attending a WCPSS school next year, please e-mail our Data Manager, Shanthi Chundi (schundi@wcpss.net) with the following information:

    Student’s PowerSchool ID
    Student’s Complete Name
    Parent’s Complete Name
    Where will the student attend for 2017-18

Once again, this is only if you already know that your student will NOT be attending a WCPSS next year.

  1. Yearbooks: ECMS yearbooks can be ordered through the Josten’s Yearbook site: jostensyearbooks.com
  1. Team Donations: We are in need of college-ruled papers of loose leaf paper as well as #2 pencils. Any donations would be greatly appreciated to get us through the remainder of the year.
  1. Lastly, we encourage both students and parents to review our teacher websites for lessons, homework, and resources. We update our websites daily and weekly.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  Mathematician Project is due April 14th.  Please make sure you’re your student has submitted their mathematician name as soon as possible.

March 27th: Unit 12 – Surface Area and Volume; Notes and formula sheet will be passed out in class and assignment Volume sheets #1 and #2 assigned.

unit-12-vocabulary   and    volume_facts

March 28th: Create 3D objects from 2D planes, construct by tactile practice

March 29th: Volume of Rectangular Prism and Finding Missing Dimensions

d133_finding-missing-dimensions-if-given-volume_ccm6plus_unit12

March 30th: Volume with Fractional Edges and Composite Figures

d134_practice-with-volume-of-prisms_ccm6plus_unit12

March 31st: Volume with Fractional Edges and Composite Figures continued

April 1st: Unit 12 Quiz on Volume (notes can be used and recommended)

Additional resources can be accessed online using the attached directions.

ccm6_directions-to-online-cmp2-resources

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  Students will begin the last unit of the year – Space Invaders.  We will begin by exploring the Earth-Sun-Moon system by discussing what causes day and night, seasons, tides, phases of the moon and eclipses.  Students will have a Check for Understanding (Quiz) on the Earth’s Movements on Thursday, March 30th.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) –  We will begin a short two week unit on social systems. Our assessment for this unit will be on Monday, April 10th. Homework for this week will be for your child to set a goal, just like we did in the 3rd quarter. Please discuss this with them.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – We will begin Quarter 4 with a unit on argumentative texts. We will read and evaluate authors’ arguments, claims, and evidence. Students will then plan and write their own arguments. Next week, our focus will be on understanding the relationships between argument, claims, and evidence, as well as beginning a first read of an argumentative text.

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As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

Margaret Gilliland (MGILLILAND@wcpss.net)

ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: March 3rd, 2017

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Happy Friday, March 3rd, 6-1 Families!

We wish you a safe and happy March track out! We will see everyone back on Monday, March 27th.

  1. Thank you to our 13 wonderful parent chaperones who were able to assist us with our Marbles IMAX field trip on Monday. The students seemed to enjoy the movie and the lab activities associated with it.  You guys were a big help and we couldn’t have done it without you so THANK YOU again!
  1. 3rd Quarter report cards are being handed out during homeroom today. We will ask students place these papers in their homework folders.  Please ask to see the report card when you see your student.
  1. Our last Snow Make-up Day is Saturday, April 1st from 7:00am-11:00am. This makes our track-in week 6 days long.
  1. ECMS needs you! The ECMS staff will be holding their last professional development Early Release day on Friday, March 24th. We are looking for STEM-related professionals to help us with a networking event we are calling “March Madness”. Please see the two handouts and contact our Mrs. Shandua Ellis (sellis2@wcpss.net) if you are able to help out or know of someone who would be willing to help out.

march-madness-invitation-letter        march-madness-flyer_to-businesses

  1. Students received information in Science class on last week about ordering a FREE energy-efficient kit for your home from Duke Energy. Please ask your student for this flyer.  All of the information about the program is on the flyer.  The energy kit is free, no strings attached. We can also earn money for our school and you can have the chance to win $1,000.  The easiest way is to sign up at https://myenergykit.org/
  1. Team Donations: We are in need of college-ruled papers of loose leaf paper as well as #2 pencils. Any donations would be greatly appreciated to get us through the remainder of the year.
  1. As a team, we would like to remind students of the school and classroom expectations that have been in place since the beginning of July. They have been repeated on a variety of occasions and are found in the ECMS agendas as well as on the ECMS website.  We are seeing an increase in the amount of class disruptions, non-compliance and disrespect.  Teachers will contact parents/guardians immediately if your student is not following expectations.
  1. Lastly, we encourage both students and parents to review our teacher websites for lessons, homework, and resources. We update our websites daily and weekly.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  Information on Project for Math is on website.  The due date is April 14th and parental signature is required.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Please encourage your child to continue reading daily over track out. All texts that interest him or her are excellent choices! Reading aloud is also a great way to practice fluency skills over the break.

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As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

Margaret Gilliland (MGILLILAND@wcpss.net)

 

ECMS 6-1 Weekly Update: February 24th, 2017

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Happy Friday, February 24th, 6-1 Families!

Here are the important announcements for the upcoming track out week:

  1. Monday, February 27th is our Marbles IMAX field trip. Please encourage your student to wear their ECMS spirit wear t-shirts/sweatshirts/etc. that day to school. Also, if you indicated that your student would bring their lunch from home, please make sure you send in disposable lunch bags and items that day. We do not have room for bulky lunch boxes.  Please write your student’s name clearly on the outside of the lunch bag with permanent marker (if possible).  Student should bring their necessary school materials for their CORE classes and electives that day as the field trip will only take ½ of the school day.
  1. Next Friday, March 3rd is our next Track Out day. It is NOT an Early Release Day.  We will be on a regular schedule.  3rd Quarter report cards will be handed out during EE time in homerooms. Please ask your student for these when they come home next Friday.
  1. ECMS needs you! The ECMS staff will be holding their last professional development Early Release day on Friday, March 24th. We are looking for STEM-related professionals to help us with a networking event we are calling “March Madness”. Please see the two handouts and contact our Mrs. Shandua Ellis (sellis2@wcpss.net) if you are able to help out or know of someone who would be willing to help out.

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  1. Marbles has an opportunity for students who are strong in science to apply for their Marbles STEM Play Corps. Please see the flyer for more information about the program and the competitive application program.  We’ve had a couple students in the past accepted to the program and they really loved it.  These applications are due MARCH 1st!

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  1. Students received information in Science class on last week about ordering a FREE energy-efficient kit for your home from Duke Energy. Please ask your student for this flyer.  All of the information about the program is on the flyer.  The energy kit is free, no strings attached. We can also earn money for our school and you can have the chance to win $1,000.  The easiest way is to sign up at https://myenergykit.org/
  1. Team Donations: We are in need of college-ruled papers of loose leaf paper as well as #2 pencils. Any donations would be greatly appreciated to get us through the remainder of the year.
  1. As a team, we would like to remind students of the school and classroom expectations that have been in place since the beginning of July. They have been repeated on a variety of occasions and are found in the ECMS agendas as well as on the ECMS website.  We are seeing an increase in the amount of class disruptions, non-compliance and disrespect.  Teachers will contact parents/guardians immediately if your student is not following expectations.
  1. We’ve had a lot students with a variety of illnesses the past few weeks. Please monitor any symptoms and if you feel your child needs to stay at home to recover/get well, we strongly encourage that.  We can always get the work made up when they return to school.
  1. Lastly, we encourage both students and parents to review our teacher websites for lessons, homework, and resources. We update our websites daily and weekly.

CORE Updates

Math 6/6+ (Mr. Hayes) –  Unit 11 will continue to focus on Area and Perimeter problems (with formulas) for polygons. Our next quiz will be Wednesday. March 1.  Benchmark will be given for assessment purposes (not for grade) this coming week.

Science (Ms. Haynie) –  Next week, we will finish up our unit on energy and waves. We will take our 3rd Quarter Benchmark on Friday, March 3rd with an in-class review on Thursday, March 2nd. We will also be cleaning out the Science section of our binders and putting all work into their Science Folders that remain in the classroom.  These folders will be given back to students to take home a week prior to taking the NC Final Exam for Science in May.

Social Studies (Mr. Miller) – We will have our 3rd quarter benchmark covering politics on Tuesday. We will then be talking about a few more civilizations and how economics factored into their success or failure.

ELA (Mrs. Gilliland) – Next Wednesday, students will take the Quarter 3 common formative assessment. This will not be a graded assessment, but will provide helpful information about students’ progress. On Thursday, we will visit the media center for the final time this quarter. Students should bring any books they have checked out to return or renew before tracking out.

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As always, please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Have a great weekend!

Lauren Haynie (LHAYNIE@wcpss.net)

Chad Miller (CMILLER@wcpss.net)

Mike Hayes (MHAYES@wcpss.net)

Margaret Gilliland (MGILLILAND@wcpss.net)